Frequently asked questions
Where can I go with a Dietetics degree? Where do dietitians/nutritionists work?
What will I learn by studying Dietetics and Human Nutrition?
How do I enter and which major should I choose?
Du français à l'Université McGill?
Q: Where can I go with a Dietetics degree? Where do dietitians/nutritionists work?
As a clinical nutritionist/counsellor in health care settings
(42%, OPDQ 2000)
- in medical or surgical units
- in nephrology, endocrinology and gastroenterology
- in oncology and immunology
- in geriatrics, etc.
You will assess the nutritional health of individuals and plan, implement and evaluate nutrition interventions as a member of the health care team.
As a food service manager
(9.6% , OPDQ 2000)
- in residential centres, hospitals, seniors' homes, prisons and schools
- in sports centres, cafeterias and companies
Organizing and managing the food system, from planning food purchase standards and nutritionally adequate menus to staff education, budget management and marketing will challenge your time and personnel management skills.
As a community nutritionist
(10.3%, OPDQ 2000)
- in a CLSC, school board, health club
- in community clinics
- in international settings
Teaching individuals and groups about meeting their specific nutrient needs and monitoring their nutrition wellness will be your main goal.
As researchers and teachers
(6.2%, OPDQ 2000)
Dietitian-nutritionists capitalize on an advanced degree and study all the varied aspects of nutrition from the level of the cell to nutritional status of populations.
As communications, public relations and marketing specialists
(4%, OPDQ 2000)
In food and nutrition with food companies and medical enterprises you will use your food and nutrition knowledge to promote specially formulated nutrition products, advocate on behalf of people with special nutrition needs, or develop educational materials for the public.
In combination food and nutrition positions
(8.4%, OPDQ 2000)
- in private practice
- in government
- in product development
- in public education
The dietitian-nutritionist is a food and nutrition consultant to physicians, food scientists, teachers, community workers and others, synthesizing nutrition science for application by the public.
Q: What will I learn by studying Dietetics and Human Nutrition?
Who knows what's true any more?
Undergraduate courses in biochemistry, physiology, nutrition and research methods provide the foundation for students to approach new nutrition information with analytical thinking and sound judgement. You'll become the food and nutrition expert.
The clock is ticking...
Unmarried men spend an average of 18 minutes a day cooking; for unmarried women it's another 6 minutes (Statistics Canada, 1995). Assessing food safety, food composition and adequate nutrient intake are fully covered in courses in foods, nutrition and nutritional status assessment. Students in dietetics take additional credits in food service systems management in order to meet the food needs of large groups.
Myths, realities, sure cures and quick fixes
Sometimes you wonder if you should take that vitamin, avoid one food, combine those foods, etc. Nutrition and health are linked in senior courses in the BSc (Nutritional Sciences) and students study the physiological mechanisms of digestion, absorption and metabolism. You'll learn about health and disease and how nutrition can affect your life ... and your lifestyle.
How hard is it to consistently eat in a healthy way?
It's easy, say 54% of Canadians ("The Report of Canadians' Eating Habits," 1996). Through the BSc (Nutritional Sciences) in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, students learn about the influence of sociological, psychological, economic, cultural and environmental factors on food availability, food consumption and nutritional health throughout the life cycle.
Q: How do I enter and which major should I choose?
What background do I need to enter the BSc (Nutritional Sciences)?
For students coming from a high school outside of Quebec: Complete the science profile and enter our Freshman program leading to the BSc (Nutritional Sciences).
This is a 3 1/2 year undergraduate program (4 1/2 years for those starting as freshmen from outside of Quebec) which includes a 40-week internship (Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics); the program is accredited at both the provincial and national levels. Graduates are eligible for membership in professional dietetics and nutrition associations and, therefore, use of the title dietitian-nutritionist.
The restricted use of the titles dietitian, nutritionist and dietitian-nutritionist is provided under the Professional Code and regulated by the Office of Professions. The provincial regulatory organization (i.e., Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec) is responsible for registering eligible dietitians/nutritionists and is legislated to assure ongoing competency of members.
In CEGEP or junior college: Take the pre-university science core, which includes general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics and calculus. Get specific details from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the Undergraduate Admission Guide.
As a mature student: Consult the Undergraduate Admission Guide about completing the science entrance core.
As a transfer student: You may complete the required freshman courses either at another university or at McGill. Click here for a list of the required courses.
What's special about the Dietetics program at McGill?
McGill's dietetics program:
is the first dietetics program in Canada to be accredited by the national organization, Dietitians of Canada.
provides solid education in basic sciences layered with applied studies in food and food systems, normal and clinical nutrition, management, communications and research methods.
is the only English-language program in Dietetics in Quebec.
facilitates integration and coordination of the dietetic internship (Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics) into the undergraduate degree guaranteed placement for students who meet the academic standards.
features Supervised Professional Practice placement, in a variety of career environments, with professional dietitians.
is an excellent foundation for postgraduate studies in nutrition, medicine, epidemiology, management or education.
- prepares its graduates for varied career opportunities. Eligibility upon graduation for membership in professional dietetics associations.
What is the difference between the Nutrition Major and the Dietetics Major?
This question is addressed in the section on choosing a major.
Du français à l'Université McGill?
McGill est une université de langue anglaise à Montréal, Québec, Canada. Plusieurs des ressources sur le site principal de l'Université sont disponibles en français, mais la majorité des pages ne paraissent qu'en anglais.
La langue d'enseignement à McGill est l'anglais. Certains cours sont offerts en français. Chaque étudiant peut rédiger les compositions de fin de semestre, les examens, les thèses dans la langue de son choix, soit l'anglais ou le français, à l'exception des cours ou la connaissance d'une langue est un des objectifs du cours.
Les candidats ne sont pas requis de soumettre une preuve de compétence en anglais s'ils ont complété: et un secondaire V et un diplôme d'études collégiales au Québec, ou s'ils ont étudié 5 ans ou plus dans une institution où l'anglais est la langue première d'enseignement.